Anthony Joseph DeLuca
Sharing Literature, Music, and Productive Interest.
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I was born in Southern California, and raised in the Long Beach area before moving to Humboldt County at 12 years old. I did well in school whenever I applied myself, participated in sports, and enjoyed the robust beauty of life in Northern California. By the time I became an adult, I had already known how important writing is to me. I had always used writing to organize my thoughts, and grew particularly interested in writing songs.
In Fall of 2008, I started taking classes at College of The Redwoods on the academic path to a psychology degree, with an interest in journalism and science. At the time I was writing song lyrics every day, free styling, working and schooling full time, as well as playing hard. My interest in school was genuine and for my journalism final, my first college course, I wrote a report about John Watson discovering that human beings could be classically conditioned in 1920.
You can read that here, but in short he taught an orphan child to fear small white animals by ringing a loud gong whenever one was introduced to the room. John received criticism for his study when he could not un-teach the phobia, and he lost his licence to perform psychology. John Watson then got a job with the Walter Thompson Ad Agency who in 2008 was the 3rd wealthiest corporation in the world. It was exciting for me to point out this elephant in advertising.
In the report I criticize the kinds of behaviors being taught in the media, and suggest we use media as a tool for personal development. I have been a critic of the advertising industry for longer than I've wanted to get involved. It brings me joy to look back and see how I would eventually end up creating an advertising concept of my own. Besides journalism, I enjoyed all kinds of classes in school such as music philosophy religion several psychology classes and more.
Naturally, my life revolved around my friends and music living in a small college town. I worked various labor for people I knew, in restaurant kitchens, fine dining for a few years, and even at a gym before deciding I would follow an opportunity to intern at a San Diego Medical Delivery Dispensary. In San Diego, I learned a bit about running a business and I received communications training in sales and dispatch scenarios.
The communications training was particularly fun as a song writer because I could use this knowledge to better more truthfully convey my feelings. Communications will always have a prominent place in my heart because I know how valuable it can be for my relationships and career, this was true even before I went to San Diego. I also learned some martial arts, plenty about cannabis, and I popped my financial literacy cherry.
When I came home, I went back to school and took a few business classes before coming up with Rhapsodic Global in a conversation with two friends who pursue their arts independently. At the time, my room mate & friend and I both made our own music. Our home was a bit of a Co-Laboratory, with people coming from near and far to hang out and create arts. The realization that we could fulfill a need for people wanting to connect and be seen in their productive interest is one of a hand full that have changed my life.
I began to work on an organic farm, and eventually with help from my Mother I got a truck that I use to work independently. I would use this truck to bootstrap a business with many strides and set backs over the years. Back when Rhapsodic Global started we threw a lot more events with our connections, and I look forward to starting again. In our first launch, we inspired a school program that helps small businesses introduce vocational lesson plans. We also spoke with city developers in Eureka about community development for over 6 months!
And we connected with dozens of inspiring individuals, some of whom have made a point to remind me that this project made an impact in their lives which is rewarding beyond any words. The simple notion of saying this thing you love to do is important has inspired people to elevate their lives work. I myself have had a few rough years which has taught me a lot. Through failure, I have learned how to restructure Rhapsodic Global better than ever before. Now our platform is easier to join, allows for other connectors, and has a long term goal in becoming an Association.
When I meet someone, I want to know what drives them and makes them excited because this is what I value in life. Following my heart has become a personal growth and development practice of sorts. I know that a good amount of creative outlets, and productive things to do, keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by underwhelm. By creating a network based on sharing productive interest, I can support what I believe is a healthy responsible lifestyle. As always, my infinite gratitude goes out to everyone who is a part of our network for leading by example!
I want to see a world where people celebrate the things they love to do together, with good communication and a genuine interest in seeing each other accomplish their goals. Together we can learn the things we must learn, be dazzled by the things we can do, and face the problems we must face to find the solutions. I feel passionate about seeing people thriving in their element, and expressing their talents. If you have read this much about me, I hope you can join me in sharing productive interest with RhapsodicGlobal.org.